William Cano

Vice President, Senior Payments & Cash Management Sales Officer, HSBC Bank USA

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Professional Background

Financial services sales professional at DTCC, JPMorgan Chase and HSBC Bank USA

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?

I never intended to go into finance. Sure, I was fine with math but I couldn't model and I-banking sounded atrocious to me. I quickly learned that I had a knack for sales. Why? Someone has to explain financial products... in English! Having an English major afforded me the ability to communicate in a way to have others understand the products/services related to cash management. At the end of the day, if I can't explain it, I won't be successful. Being an English major continues to help me organize my thoughts in order to effectively communicate.

William Cano